The Overplayed Hand

I oppose government mandates for vaccines.

I oppose corporate mandates for employees to get vaccinated.

I oppose the government forcing corporations to mandate vaccines.

I oppose the government barring corporations from mandating vaccines.

Go get the vaccine. It will most likely keep you from getting COVID and if you do get COVID the odds are very much in your favor that you’ll stay out of the hospital and not die. In addition, as fewer people get COVID, it will spread less overall and we can move on with our lives.

But I am really opposed to anyone making you get the vaccine. It should be your choice. Americans are so contrarian that a mandate is going to encourage a lot of people to refuse the vaccine who otherwise might get it.

My father-in-law and my father both had the vaccine and then got COVID. Both are older. Both survived. My mom, despite being constantly with my dad, never got it. I never got it despite being with my dad all weekend when he was contagious. We are waiting to see about my mother-in-law.

When my father-in-law went for an antibody infusion the other day, the nurse told him the infusions were in short supply. According to the nurse, the Biden Administration was punishing Georgia, Florida, and other states that had no mask or vaccine mandates by withholding antibody infusion doses. Whether that is true or not is beside the point. The point is the nurse believed it and is relaying that to patients. That will have an effect and, in fact, the Biden Administration is withholding antibody doses for reasons that remain nebulous.

A year ago, we had limited knowledge of COVID. Taking extraordinary actions to prevent hospital overcrowding, more rapid spread, etc. made sense. We didn’t really know what we were dealing with and we knew the Chinese were liars. It made sense to do a limited shutdown so hospitals could prepare for waves.

A year later, we know what we are dealing with. To read the rest, you will need to subscribe.